Day by Day History

A great deal of history has been made in the Archdiocese of Dubuque since its founding in 1837. The Archives Office has attempted to put together a day by day accounting of both the significant and everyday events that have shaped our story.


Aug. 1, 1999 Sacred Heart, Volga celebrates centennialThe Witness
Aug. 2, 1929: Death of Archbishop James John Keane.The Witness
Aug. 2, 1996: Death of Archbishop James J. ByrneThe Witness
Feast of Cure of Ars, St. John Mary Vianney, secondary patron of the Archdiocese of DubuqueThe Witness
Aug. 5. 2000: Immaculate Conception Parish (Blessing) celebrates 125th anniversary. Located 6 miles south of Hudson, on Highway 63. First Blessing church built in 1875.The Witness
Aug. 6, 1978: Death of Pope Paul VI (The Pilgrim Pope).The Witness
Aug. 8, 1853: James and Mary Daly gave 40 acres for land for St. Theresa’sChurch in Jackson County.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 66
Aug. 10, 1898: St. Joseph’s, Independence. A parochial school, with spacious quarters for the Franciscan Sisters, was blessed by Fr. Geo. Heer.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 336
Aug. 11, 1876: Cornerstone laid for St. Patrick’s in Cedar Falls. The Church was dedicated Nov. 5, 1876 by Bishop Hennessy.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 148
Aug. 12, 1912: Fr. James Mulligan became pastor of St. Joseph’s, Key West. He built a parish hall to safeguard his boys and girls from the “contaminating influence of modern amusements.”Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p.233
Aug. 13. 1880: St. Joseph’s, Chelsea, was deeded to Bishop John Hennessy. A new church had been built because the arrival of the railroad left the old church too far out of town.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 392
Aug. 14, 1851: A church bell, donated by Mr. Floeder, was sent from Cincinnati to Guttenberg. Undoubtedly the first pealing of a church bell in Clayton County. (St. Mary’s)Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 43
Aug. 14: Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who refused a chance to escape the death camp.The Witness
Aug. 15, 1980: Centennial celebration of Sacred Heart, Dubuque.The Witness
Aug 15, 1835: Cornerstone laid for original St. Raphael’s CathedralThe Witness
Aug. 17, 1905: St. Mary’s, Hazleton, a remodeled church was dedicated.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 440
Aug. 20, 1951: Bishop Loras T. Lane consecrated.The Witness
Aug. 21, 1994: St. Boniface, Garwin, celebrated its centennial.The Witness
Aug. 22, 1926: Death of Sister Cortona Gloden, OSF, first woman to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia (Loras) college. Author of a history of the Franciscan Order.The Witness
Aug. 24, 1915: Cornerstone laid for St. Patrick’s in Waukon.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p.125
Aug.24, 2003: Newly constructed Newman Elementary School dedicated in Mason City, replacing St. Joseph’s School.The Witness
Aug. 25, 2002: St. Peter’s, Temple Hill, celebrates its 150th anniversary.The Witness
Aug. 26, 1857: Birth of Archbishop James J. Keane in Joliet, IL.Driscoll, We pray for our priests, p. 5
Aug. 26, 1965: Loras J. Watters consecrated as Auxiliary Bishop of DubuqueThe Witness
Aug. 27, 1895: Corner stone laid for St. Francis de Sales, Ossian.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 228
Aug. 27. 1838: Relics of St. Cessianus (given to Bishop Loras by Pope Gregory XVI) presented to Bishop Loras as he left France to come to the U.S.The Witness
Aug. 29, 1908: Holy Rosary, Lamotte, opened a grade school with 96 children enrolled.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 478
Aug. 29, 1971: St. Joseph’s Parish in Wadena celebrated its centennial.The Witness
Aug. 30, 1792: Birthday of Bishop Mathias LorasThe Witness
Aug. 31, 1959: Wahlert Catholic Central High school opened. The school that 15 Dubuqueland parishes builtThe Witness
Aug. 31, 1840: St. Patrick’s, Garryowen, first 3 recorded baptisms bear the signature of Bishop Loras.Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque (1937), p. 11